30 Days of Knitting Questions – Day 30

Continuing my posts from the tumblr account Crafts and Such that has a list of 30 knitting questions; one for each day.

Day 30: What’s your name on Ravelry? If you don’t have a Ravelry account, why?

My Ravelry name is singlestitchknit.  I upload any extra pictures of my FOs to my projects there.  Feel free to add me as a friend  =)

30 Days of Knitting Questions – Day 29

Continuing my posts from the tumblr account Crafts and Such that has a list of 30 knitting questions; one for each day.

Day 29: Do you have any tips, or things that you’ve learned from knitting?

I have a very simple tip: keep knitting.  You have no idea how much you are learning and improving if you just keep at it.  Try things you think are impossible and ignore how ugly you think it is.  The uglier it is the more you probably learned.  If you get discouraged make it a contest for some kids you know to win the ugliest knitting you have.  Kids love ugly knitted things.  Don’t ask me why.

I forget all the time that I’ve been knitting less than three years.  I remember I was so mad when people would tell stories of their grandmas knitting without ever looking at their work because I thought that was just impossible.  Then a few months ago I looked down and realized I’d been knitting for over 10 minutes and never looked at my work.  And, no, I didn’t have to tink back those 10 minutes of knitting.

30 Days of Knitting Questions – Day 28

Continuing my posts from the tumblr account Crafts and Such that has a list of 30 knitting questions; one for each day.

Day 28: Do you do any other crafts besides knitting? What are they, and did learning to knit come before or after learning these other crafts?

I did origami as a kid.  I remember my parents bought us an origami book and we would try to follow along with my dad.  My favorites were the lily and the rose but the rose was really hard to do.  I must have liked it the most because I had that book in my room for a long time.  I also remember buying all this bright paper and having to use the paper cutter to make different size squares.  My parents never really bought actual origami paper.

My mom taught us how to make beaded jewelry.  I remember her teaching me and my sisters how to make safety bin bracelets with beads.  I’m not sure how long I did this but I do know at my mom’s last garage sale she still had my plastic bead organizer filled with small beads.  Maybe I should see if she still has it. I might be able to use it for knitting.

When I was in high school I started teaching myself to crochet.  My boyfriend at the time could crochet but I never got anywhere with it.  Even today I can’t seem to crochet well.  Unlike knitting, crocheting still hurts my wrists.  I’m sure there were lots of other crafts I did up until I went to college.  My closest had an entire section of shelves devoted to all my different craft staff.

During college I started doing cross stitch.  I’d tried it a bit before but only very simple patterns.  I didn’t have the patience for the larger projects so I gave that up after a while too.  I tried sewing but it was pretty miserable.  I can sew straight and make simple things but all my attempts at clothes were just depressing.

After working full time for a few years I took some drawing and watercolor classes.  I really enjoyed watercolors and I still think I should pull out my supplies for that again.  I think I could be good at it but I never really had ideas on what to paint.  If I ever go back to watercolors I would need more organized classes to give me a direction or goal to work towards.

Wow, I was actually going to answer this question with “no” originally.  I never realized just how many hobbies and crafts I’ve had going on my whole life.  How did I end up working with computers?

30 Days of Knitting Questions – Day 27

Continuing my posts from the tumblr account Crafts and Such that has a list of 30 knitting questions; one for each day.

Day 27: How do you acquire most of yarn? Online retailers, local yarn shops, swaps, or large chain craft stores? What’s your favorite?

Almost all of my yarn is bought online from Knit Picks. Actually almost all of my knitting supplies are bought here too.  I love Knit Picks.  I love their wood harmony needles and I love their prices.  I’m not sure if I’ve ever bought a pattern (not including pattern books) anywhere else.  My only complaint is they seem to have an aversion to interchangeable circular size 4 needles.  I’ve had two pairs now that I had to request replacements; the first because it couldn’t completely screw onto the circular cable and the second because it was a size 5 and not a size 4.

I’ve tried other online retailers and either the price was too high or their site was not well done in terms of searching for the yarn I wanted.  I’ll occasionally walk into some of the LYS but the selection is limited and the prices are higher.  It’s a nice treat sometimes to try something completely new but it’s definitely a luxury and not a common source for yarn.

I do buy at the large chain craft stores but it’s always for projects that would not work well for wool. This is mostly baby stuff or my repeated failed attempts at knitting toys. However, with Knit Picks new Brava line that might change as well.  My friend Laura bought some and it felt like really nice acrylic and it’s just as inexpensive as those big craft stores.

30 Days of Knitting Questions – Day 26

Continuing my posts from the tumblr account Crafts and Such that has a list of 30 knitting questions; one for each day.

Day 26: Have you ever been a part, or wanted to be a part of a knit-a-long? What was it? If not, why?

I haven’t done a knit-a-long and I’ve never wanted to.  I think the main reason is that whenever I hear about one it’s already over. If I knew more knitters then it could be a lot of fun but right now I have other projects I’d rather work on.

One thing that I really do wish I could do is the Socktopus’ Knit Love Club.  It’s a club that sends you sock yarn every other month along with a sock pattern or two.   It would kind of be like a KAL since all the members could potentially be making the same socks with the same yarn at some point.

I saw a post about the club earlier this year but it was already closed for 2012 memberships. I’m not sure if this is a club that sells out really quickly or if you just have to sign up at a particular time.  Either way I’m going to have to watch for announcements for 2013 because I really want to do this.